Twenty years have passed since Bobby and Peter Farelly released Dumb & Dumber, back when Jim Carrey was the big name in raunchy comedy slapstick entertainment. The Hollywood comedy landscape has since then been largely overtaken by the alumni of Camp Judd Apatow (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, etc.), but in 2014 the Farrellys and Carrey – with help from award-winner Jeff Daniels – will attempt to climb back atop the Hollywood mountain with the long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To.
The Farrellys’ sequel picks up in real-time, with an older – but none the smarter for it – Harry Dunne (Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) going on another road trip, after they are informed that one of them fathered a child, who needs a kidney transplant.
Additional cast members include Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street) as a weirdo that Harry and Lloyd encounter on their adventure, and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) as the wife of a doctor, who uses the dynamic dim-witted duo as patsies in an underhanded scheme. Meanwhile, Kathleen Turner (Californication) plays the supposed baby’s mama in all this madness, with a certain Oscar-winner said to be appearing as the young version of Turner’s character in flashbacks.
Carrey had previously posted a couple pictures of himself with Daniels in character on the Dumb and Dumber To set, but now an official still from the movie has been unveiled online.
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Yes, the Carrey/Daniels duo have a few more facial wrinkles than last time they worked together (it happens when two decades go by), but otherwise this photo could’ve been taken back when Carrey was still hot-in-demand in the late 1990s. It’s a different story in real life, as Carry has recently struggled to resuscitate his career – more so after starring in the 2013 box office duds The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2 – while Daniels is now an Emmy-winner thanks to The Newsroom.
Similarly, the Farrellys has never stopped making gross-out American comedies (with a heart of gold), yet it’s been a while since the majority of moviegoers seemed to agree on the quality of any one of their films (see the split in reactions to The Three Stooges, for example). Maybe the followup to their most-quoted laughfest will prove to be key to the Farrellys winning back the fans who’ve jumped off the bandwagon? Only time will tell.
Dumb and Dumber To opens in theaters on November 14th, 2014.
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